Tarakihi catch reduction ‘necessary’

Twenty percent cut needed to rebuild stocks along East Coast.

Twenty percent cut needed to rebuild stocks along East Coast.

SCALING DOWN: From October 1, commercial fishing operations have had to reduce their catch of tarakihi by 20 percent. However some believe the reduction should have been at least 65 percent.

Tarakihi seems to be in abundance in East Coast waters but from October 1 Gisborne’s commercial fishing operations will be required to reduced their catch of the inshore fish by 20 percent.

The 20 percent catch reduction imposed by the Ministry of Primary Industries includes the east coasts of the North Island and South Island, Bay of Plenty and Northland waters.

The science shows a catch reduction is required for fisheries to get tarakihi stocks to rebuild, says Gisborne Fisheries chief executive Salvi Zame.

“As part of the management strategy we’ve taken reductions on the East Coast and have implemented a range of management initiatives that will aid in the rebuild.”

It is believed tarakihi along the east coast of New Zealand is one stock, says Mr Zame.

“Hopefully additional science and the management initiatives we put in place will deliver the rebuild and give us a better idea of the life cycle of tarakihi and stock movement.”

Fisheries Inshore New Zealand this week said it is supportive of the announcement that tarakihi catch on the east coast will be reduced by 20 percent while the commercial fishing industry works on a plan to rebuild the stock.

Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash has signalled he wants the fishing industry to develop a more comprehensive plan before he considers further management action next year.

FINZ chief executive Dr Jeremy Helson said that was good fisheries management.

“While this decision will cause some financial strain for many in the inshore industry, we agree that this is necessary to rebuild the fishery.”

In other reassessments of fisheries announced this week, increases in catch limits have been announced for southern blue tuna, scampi and orange roughy.

The Kaipara scallop fishery, already closed to commercial fishing has now been closed to recreational fishers.

In total, there have been catch increases for 11 stocks and decreases for 12.

Tarakihi seems to be in abundance in East Coast waters but from October 1 Gisborne’s commercial fishing operations will be required to reduced their catch of the inshore fish by 20 percent.

The 20 percent catch reduction imposed by the Ministry of Primary Industries includes the east coasts of the North Island and South Island, Bay of Plenty and Northland waters.

The science shows a catch reduction is required for fisheries to get tarakihi stocks to rebuild, says Gisborne Fisheries chief executive Salvi Zame.

“As part of the management strategy we’ve taken reductions on the East Coast and have implemented a range of management initiatives that will aid in the rebuild.”

It is believed tarakihi along the east coast of New Zealand is one stock, says Mr Zame.

“Hopefully additional science and the management initiatives we put in place will deliver the rebuild and give us a better idea of the life cycle of tarakihi and stock movement.”

Fisheries Inshore New Zealand this week said it is supportive of the announcement that tarakihi catch on the east coast will be reduced by 20 percent while the commercial fishing industry works on a plan to rebuild the stock.

Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash has signalled he wants the fishing industry to develop a more comprehensive plan before he considers further management action next year.

FINZ chief executive Dr Jeremy Helson said that was good fisheries management.

“While this decision will cause some financial strain for many in the inshore industry, we agree that this is necessary to rebuild the fishery.”

In other reassessments of fisheries announced this week, increases in catch limits have been announced for southern blue tuna, scampi and orange roughy.

The Kaipara scallop fishery, already closed to commercial fishing has now been closed to recreational fishers.

In total, there have been catch increases for 11 stocks and decreases for 12.

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